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Island Hoping & Day Trips in Thailand

My Thailand island hopping itinerary (Ko Samui, Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Tao). Here are my tips on where to go for the best beaches and where to stay in Thailand for an incredible vacation.

by mylittletravelinspoAbout Me:welcome on my travel page! My name is Steffi and I am a 23 year old project manager from Germany. With my instagram page @mylittletravelinpo I aspire to inspire others for uncommon travel destinations. Due to my job I travel a lot trough E... read more

AsiaThailand8 days / March 2019

Highs & Lows

Definitely street food!

Sometimes communication was hard, because locals do not speak English

Itinerary Overview

If you are looking for a tropical, yet adventurous getaway, I highly suggest to you some island hopping in Thailand!

In March 2019 I was travelling there with my bestie and us two girls felt really safe at all times. The friendliness of the locals is really lovely! They will try to help you with anything, even if communication can be a challenge.

Even though we booked all accomodations in advance, it should not be a problem to find something nice upon arrival. In general, we wanted to be really flexible with ouractivities, so we did not book any of those beforehand. Nevertheless we had some "must-sees" per island and decided day-by-day on what to explore.

You will need some cash, as eg local businesses, restaurants and food markets mostly do not provide the possibility to pay by card.

  • 3 Nights: Ko Samui
    main island with airport, good starting point to explore the other islands
  • 2 Nights: Ko Pha Ngan
    larger island next to Koh Samui
  • 3 Nights: Ko Tao
    Great for Diving

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    I would have chosen a different hotel on Koh Tao, as we prefer to stay more towards the city center which enables you to discover a lot of things by foot.

  • How was the food?

    Koh Samui - Beryl Bar (it's super remote, but I promise you they serve the best Padh Thai!) Koh Phangan - No Name restaurant Koh Tao - Coconut Monkey

  • Packing tips?

    Use a backpack instead of a suitcase - this is way more easy to transport on the rocky roads and ferries

  • Transportation Tips?

    a scooter is very practical and cheap, but please only rent one if you are an experienced driver. Otherwise there are other posibilities to get around the islands, like pick-up taxis. You can just hop on and negotiate the price :-)

  • Any surprises?

    local restaurants are often times way more delicious, than the fancy ones